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Do you roadies put locks on your bikes? Just curious.

Old 10-30-11, 12:41 AM
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Do you roadies put locks on your bikes? Just curious.

Hey guys. Just wondering if you road bike guys have locks on your bikes. I know we are all worried about adding weight to our bikes and I was wondering if you bother caring around a heavy lock and bracket. I do, but it does add a lot of extra weight, doesn't it? Thanks.
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I'm sure it depends on where you are doing/what you are doing. When I ride to the library or store, I bring a lock. When I ride for exercise, no lock.
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Originally Posted by rbloem View Post
Hey guys. Just wondering if you road bike guys have locks on your bikes. I know we are all worried about adding weight to our bikes and I was wondering if you bother caring around a heavy lock and bracket. I do, but it does add a lot of extra weight, doesn't it? Thanks.
Of course not! I don't lock the bike up, I ride it.
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I keep my lock in my backpack when rollin' the Pinarello. Once in a while I roll out unencumbered,though.

Never ever use one of those plastic lock brackets. Yuck. Hang the lock off your bars or stick it in your waistband if you have to

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I keep my lock in my backpack when rollin' the Pinarello. Once in a while I roll out unencumbered,though.

Never ever use one of those plastic lock brackets. Yuck. Hang the lock off your bars or stick it in your waistband if you have to
Seriously, you're advocating hanging a big heavy lock off the handlebars? What happens if you go over a bumpy road and the lock smashes into your frame?

I never carry a lock with me on my road bike; I just never let it out of my sight, and the lock would scuff/damage the paint on the frame anyway. I have a 70s Peugeot road bike that I use for commuting and so on, and for that I carry the lock in my messenger back.
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My frame is steel. ulock does not hurt it. If you have woosey frame then don't do it

Seriously though. The lock just kinda rattles on the bar a bit. Never having at a chance to get a good swing at the frame. Metal headtubes are pretty tough. Keep the flat part up top, round part @ bottom, less danger. 130mm stem helps.

If it doesn't work for you stick it in your pants

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What happens if you get hit by a car and the ambulance won't take your bike? Would you really want to leave your unlocked bike on the side of the road?
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Originally Posted by robberry View Post
What happens if you get hit by a car and the ambulance won't take your bike? Would you really want to leave your unlocked bike on the side of the road?
Holy cow, never thought about that! Thats actually not a bad point... good thing I carry a camelback.
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My roadbikes lives locked-in. I never leave them out of sight outdoors. Too precious to me. Hit by a car? Do i bring a para when flying?
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Originally Posted by rbloem View Post
Hey guys. Just wondering if you road bike guys have locks on your bikes. I know we are all worried about adding weight to our bikes and I was wondering if you bother caring around a heavy lock and bracket. I do, but it does add a lot of extra weight, doesn't it? Thanks.
A tip is...a bike thief will cut thru a lock in 1-2 seconds...keep long cutters under a coat. If the bike is worth it to you to not be stolen, do NOT let it out of your sight. If its a $2K bike and you leave it out of sight locked up, expect it to be stolen.
Good Luck.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
A tip is...a bike thief will cut thru a lock in 1-2 seconds...keep long cutters under a coat. If the bike is worth it to you to not be stolen, do NOT let it out of your sight. If its a $2K bike and you leave it out of sight locked up, expect it to be stolen.
Good Luck.
This.

If you're ever in London, you can reduce that 2k figure to 200. Seriously. I'm told the situation has improved, though I wouldn't want to test the theory with any of my rigs.
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Originally Posted by robberry View Post
What happens if you get hit by a car and the ambulance won't take your bike? Would you really want to leave your unlocked bike on the side of the road?
By personal recent experience....the ambulance WILL take your bike!
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By personal recent experience....the ambulance WILL take your bike!
I hope I never find out.
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By personal recent experience....the ambulance WILL take your bike!
Or the police will...when they go to your house early in the morning and wake up your wife to let her know that you have been taken to the hospital (my experience).
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Originally Posted by lhorn View Post
I'm sure it depends on where you are doing/what you are doing. When I ride to the library or store, I bring a lock. When I ride for exercise, no lock.
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I take along a cheap $10 cable lock when I got to the market to get something. And I just leave a u lock at my school, so I don't have to carry it around everyday.
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I never carry a lock or backpack on my road bike. I just don't ever let it out of my sight.

I have other bikes for errands, and if I'm out on my road bike I'll only stop at businesses that will let me take my bike in with me. I have a mental list of places around my normal training routes that work for me. For example, I'm sure I eat more sushi than I would otherwise because a nearby sushi restaurant has a great little spot to tuck my bike into where I can keep my eyes on it.
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My area is populated mostly by rednecks and white trash so a 50.00 bike looks just like a 10K bike and they have no use for sissy sports like cycling, given that I do not carry a lock.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
If its a $2K bike and you leave it out of sight locked up, expect it to be stolen.
Good Luck.

No, not really.

I leave my $1500 bike unlocked outside stores, etc. all the time while I go in and shop. And that's in some very sizable burbs/urban edge locations.

Never had a bike stolen in 44 years of life.

Don't assume that everyone lives somewhere that's rife with thieves. Sure, it may happen someday. But it hasn't so far.
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I don't lock it because I'm either on it, or it is in my home. I never leave the bike during a ride and when I not "on a ride", I just use my old mountain bikethat has a lock
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I keep my lock in my backpack when rollin' the Pinarello. Once in a while I roll out unencumbered,though.

Never ever use one of those plastic lock brackets. Yuck. Hang the lock off your bars or stick it in your waistband if you have to
I used one of those plastic bracket things when I commuted by bike. It fit on the seat post. I kind of liked the way it worked.

Since I work at home now, I don't use a bike lock much. If I'm going somewhere that I'll need to lock up I take my other bike.
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No serious (style-conscious and self-conscious) roadie would ever carry a lock on their bike. They'd carry it their jersey pocket.
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It is only locked if it is in the back of my truck and I have to leave it and this for only short periods of time.
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The only place I leave them is in my garage where they hang from hooks and each frame has a U lock through an eye bolt in a rafter. The wheels all have cable locks through an eye bolt as well. They can steal them, but it won't be easy. It also shows the insurance types that I took reasonable precautions to secure them.
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I never leave mine anywhere unattended. Ever. No lock needed.
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I've never locked one of my bikes up (since I was a kid). I am a pretty trusting person I guess. If I have to walk into a convenience store I just set it against a wall. If I'm not riding my bike is in the back of my truck under a tonneau cover, unlocked.
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